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Excuses, excuses…is it you or the children avoiding outdoor play this winter?

Well as another day passes we would ask you – Did your children get outside or spend their after school time in the house watching TV or playing computer games?

There are plenty of excuses the children will come up with for not going outside – such as ‘It’s cold” or “I don’t feel like going outside” or even worse – “it’s boring”. However, while they come up with the excuses, we as parents must acknowledge that by allowing them to give us those excuses and do nothing, we are probably not always doing them a favour.

While winter can seem like the wrong time to play outside it is in fact a great time to get out and enjoy some very clean air! In fact, if the sun is shining on a winter’s day then there’s absolutely no reason to stay in!

So in today’s blog we’re going to talk about the reasons to get your children outside enjoying some exercise through outdoor play!

1.         Encourage your children! We’ve all done it and provided excuses for our kids and the reasons they can’t get outside. These include; we’re too busy, it’s too dark or we really haven’t got time. Forget about giving your kids excuses not to go out. Let them go! Try and remember the days when you were young and going outside was something for every day after school!

2.         Get out with your kids! We can all spend 20 or 30 minutes after work getting outside and hopefully fitter even. So, rather than put it off, encourage your kids to a game of football or netball.  Anything that will allow you time together outside!

3.         Encourage your kids to appreciate nature. This will not only help them at school but it will give them a love of the outdoors which will hopefully follow them into adulthood.

4.         Consider allowing them to cycle to or from school. Even if you take them. Yes you need to bring the bike back home again but it’s so much fun and could be a great way to motivate children who don’t like to walk or even go to school!

5.         Get them outdoor toys to inspire creativity. This can include climbing frames, swings and of course sand pits when the spring and summer arrives. Anything that allows them to get out and learn about the world. Outdoor toys are particularly good at doing this as they can encourage creative play like nothing else!

So hopefully you might feel just a little inspired now to get out and of course get your children outdoors this winter.

Don’t miss important time with your children because life gets in the way either!

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